Does this surprise you? Read more about these findings involving smartphones and children and technology in this article originally published in the Huffington Post.
Kids around the world may be separated by land and sea, but many seem to have one thing in common: They know a lot about technology.
AVG, a computer security software company, surveyed 6,017 parents from the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Australia, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand to see just how digitally connected kids are. They found that children as young as 2 years old are becoming online natives faster than ever, possibly before they hit basic developmental milestones.
According to the parents polled, a whopping 89 percent of their 6-to-9-year-olds are active online. Internationally, 46 percent of kids spend more time in a virtual world like Webkinz or Club Penguin than any other online activity. Additionally, 65 percent of kids spend more than two hours online each week -- the U.S having the highest percentage of kids, 12 percent, spending more than ten hours per week online.
But here's where the findings get really interesting...
66 percent of kids ages 3-to-5 can play a computer game, but only 58 percent are able to ride a bike.